A petition is now being circulated through Facebook and Change.org to get Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein fired.
The effort was brought about by chronic-pain patients of Dr. Eugene Gosy who say they were abandoned by Erie County following the indictment of Dr. Gosy and the two-and-a-half week closure of his office.
According to organizers, even medical professionals are signing the petition which gathered over 100 signatures in just 24 hours.
Erie County officials responded with the following statement:
“The creators of this petition should probably have done some research before making this ill-informed demand. Not only is Dr. Burstein eminently qualified to serve as Erie County Health Commissioner, she has no regulatory authority to open or close private medical practices. Dr. Burstein is a nationally respected public health expert, and the County Executive is proud to have her as a member of this administration."